Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Outdoor Features That Could Sell Your North Shore Home This Summer

Spring is a wonderful time of year on Chicago's North Shore, but summer will be here before we know it! And if you're planning to list your home while the weather is warm, there is one area that you may want to turn your focus to in order to boost buyer interest— the outdoors!

Late spring and summer are ideal for spending days outside in the yard, gathering on the patio or entertaining on the deck and homebuyers will be looking for North Shore properties with outdoor spaces to offer. According to a new study, there are several outdoor trends that can help to sell your home this summer and I'm happy to share some of them with you below!

In a past blog post, I shared how you can add privacy to your backyard in Glencoe, Winnetka, Deerfield, Northbrook, Highland Park and the surrounding areas— and for a great reason! Homebuyers are looking for their outdoor spaces to have an element of privacy, whether that means tall shrubs or hedges or even a gazebo.

There is nothing like spending a summer night under the stars on the North Shore, but you'll also want to light up the space if you have evening gatherings. Add lights to the backyard or deck—solar lights are also an option if wiring is not available—to make your home more inviting in addition to safe.

Easy landscaping
Landscaping is a major part of curb appeal, which is known to pique buyer interest when searching for homes. However, it's not just any landscaping— it's low maintenance and easy upkeep that could seal the deal. Mulch and rocks will keep weeds away, while also reducing water evaporation, and perennials will provide color and charm without needing to be replanted every year.

Fire features
Does your North Shore backyard have a fire pit or outdoor fireplace? This could be a huge selling point for buyers house-hunting this summer! Consider staging your outdoor fireplace or fire pit with chairs around it to suggest the perfect entertaining spot.

It's going to be a beautiful summer here on the North Shore and I'm here to help you both sell your current property and purchase your next dream home in Glencoe, Winnetka, Deerfield, Northbrook, Highland Park and the surrounding areas!

Give me a call today!

Janie Bress
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